Claire's story

South Wales Claire Badman deputy manager Bridgend 131003 web

I started volunteering with Emmaus in November 2012, having just completed a rehab programme. I thought it would be good for me to have something to do during the day, but I had no idea how much it would help.

For three years, I was addicted to amphetamines. As a single mum with five children, I struggled with depression, but rather than asking for professional help, I tried to solve the problem myself with drugs.

Inevitably, it didn’t work. I ended up at rock bottom, with no confidence or self-esteem. Emmaus made a huge difference to my life, though. It gave me a purpose and showed me that I can make a valid contribution.

After only eight months as a volunteer I applied for a job as deputy manager for the new Emmaus South Wales superstore, and I got it.

In less than a year I went from being dependant on drugs to having a stable job. I’ve met some of the nicest people ever, and I have a reason to live again.

Now I am running the most successful shop in Emmaus South Wales and have been promoted to Deputy Business Manager, Emmaus South Wales.